Literature and Culture MA

This programme will provide a solid grounding in the key intellectual debates within scholarship on a range of period and context specialisms and develop the skills required for writing a research thesis. Studying English Literature at postgraduate level opens up a whole host of vibrant and intellectually stimulating avenues to explore.

At this level, English literary texts from the medieval period to present day are studied in and alongside their many different contexts - historical, social, political or material - and approached from a multitude of theoretical and methodological perspectives, enabling you to develop new and highly skilled ways of reading and interpreting. Our innovative programme draws on the wide research expertise in order to develop your critical and analytical skills in the field of literary and cultural studies. The programme allows you to take a general route, choosing core and optional from a variety of literary periods, or take one of a number of pathways, each focusing on a different period of literary genre.

MA, MA Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Students should already have completed an Honours degree in English Literature or in a cognate subject with a heavy literary element, with at least a Honours degree (65 or above) result, or a 3.5/4.0 GPA; candidates with joint honours in English literature and another cognate subject, or single honours in a cognate subject that includes substantial work in English Literature, are also encouraged to apply. All successful candidates must have a very high competence in written English, and are assumed to have extensive undergraduate exposure to literary studies in English across a broad historical range. All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process. This should be a piece of academic writing from their 1st degree, on English (or Anglophone) literature, that demonstrates their ability as a critic and scholar of literature. (Please note that journalism and creative writing, including poems, stories, or memoirs, are not acceptable.) Students must submit a personal statement. This should be an account of their current, developed literary interests arising from their undergraduate or other literary studies and should indicate their plans to extend these as a postgraduate student of English literature.

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